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My affair with perfume!

  • Apr 15, 2010
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I still clearly remember the first time I came across perfume. No, not my mom's (she didn't like perfume) nor my aunt's. It was at a night market where perfume was a novelty back then. I was about 10 years old. It was a late discovery for me. I discovered wedged shoes even earlier!

Nonetheless, with these 2 discoveries, it was my intro to womanhood! I began to take interest in dressing up long dresses, wearing high heels & putting on lipsticks of all colors! It's so fun dressing up as adult, I realised! I was never into cars or sports as some girls are but looking pretty, that I was truly into. To put it simply, I was (or am) vain! LOL!

As young as I was, I was fascinated by the idea of fragrances. They smell good! I tried on some and there it was, my 'hunt'! Boxed in a lavender oblong paper box, the crystal like bottle fascinated me more than the perfume itself! Since then, I keep myself on the lookout for perfume bottles. Even til today, I love the bottles more than the perfume itself!

Those little glass or crystal bottles are truly a work of art. When I was rich, I'd go and searched for the limited edition perfumes (numbered bottles) and spent a few thousand bucks just on one little bottle of liquid gem! Yes, I know that's pure sin but I simply couldn't help myself! For a few years, I was a perfume collector until when I needed to move house and these bottles proved to be a hassle! I need to find cupboards for them when even a display window would not do the trick anymore. I thought of designing an entire bathroom with perfume on its walls but since I prefer to move than stay put in one apartment, that's not going to happen either. So, now they are simply stuck in the warehouse collecting dust!

Ok, enough rambling about my history with perfume. So, how come many women and men are so taken in with fragrances? What kind of aroma appeals to you? Which type of flowery petals do you respond to?

Do you ever wonder why you may be attracted to someone without really understanding why? Does it has anything to do with your olfactory sense? Perhaps? Chances is that the scent of the person has quite a deal to do with it. A light dab of perfume enhances a person's attractiveness while a room full of cologne or parfum is a no no! I remembered when there was a new dealer in our company back years ago. When she first joined, it was awful! Everywhere she went, washrooms or the dealing rooms, it was like someone had just sprayed the entire room with air freshener... except, it was perfume in her case. Not to mention her choice of perfume is one of those that's not very welcoming to the majority of people in the company!

Perfume comes in different concentrations. It ranges from Parfum to Eau de Toilette (or Eau de Cologne for men). Parfum is most concentrated while Eau de Toilette is least concentrated. Parfum is highly expensive so most people will end up settling for Eau de Parfum instead which is a lot more versatile and last longer than Eau de Toilette when you wear it. 

For the choices of fragrances, it's really up to you to test them at the store. I was told the best way is to smell it first, if you like it, then dab some on your wrist or behind the earlobes. Test on yourself just one type of perfume. Then go walk around and do not return for another testing until the next day or another day. That way you will know if that's something you'd like to keep and wear daily or on special occasions. It's like dating. Pick one and go with it but do not buy on first trial!!!

There are lots to cover on this topic and as I learn while building this community, I'll share with you what I learned and hopefully vice versa. In any case, enjoy... perfume is an experience :-) For some of us, it's a life-long affair!

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September 20, 2010
Yes the right perfume shure can make a difference, I find them quite fascinating and my Mom loves them and I gave her as a birthday present once a big coffe table book about perfumes and in there was a chapter about perfume bottle collectors so I can well understand your interest there. Your Idea af a bathroom full of Fancy Bottles sounds Fantastic, when your wandering days are over you should definitely do that. This summer in London I bought a very interesting Perfume at Penhaligons Perfumers an old firm established 1870, this was the favorite perfume of Winston Churchill and is called Blenheim Bouquet because Churchill was born in Blenheim palace. So I feel like an old Aristocrat when I put it on - Ha Ha.
September 21, 2010
Oh wow, I'm impressed! Churchill? You put on a collector item?!
April 19, 2010
I'm a big fan of perfumes. I have quite a collection myself. I actually love a lot of scents, so I always smell different depending on my mood. :)
April 19, 2010
That is just great! I'm beginning to think no one on this site likes perfume at all! Nice to know someone out there love the different notes of the scents!
April 19, 2010
LOL! I love all of the VS perfumes and I buy a lot of the Bath and Body Works ones. For "real" perfumes, I have "Givenchy," "Romance," "Lovely," and a Hilary Duff and Britney Spears perfume, to name a few. I have quite a few ranging from all types of prices and smells, playful and sweet to more full-bodied. I will have to write reviews of them someday, so you're not alone, lol. :)
April 19, 2010
lol! That will be difficult for me because I don't remember which ones I like the most anymore. Maybe I can make a random list of perfumes I enjoy for you in the new future. I'll shoot you the email when it's created! For now, I'm working on some quotes from the Joan Didion book. :)
April 19, 2010
Great idea, @aerodaze! I've a lot on my plate right now though. May be when there are more members in the Parfum seduction community. 
April 19, 2010
Shoot me an invite, Sharrie! I will join and add any perfume reviews I write to your community!
April 19, 2010
I just did! Thanks a mil!
April 19, 2010
Thanks! I got it. :D
April 18, 2010
hmm...pretty entertaining review! But I have to say that I prefer my women smelling naturally fine..even though they just worked out LOL!
April 19, 2010
You are certainly unorthodox, LOL... I do know some men who love women with perfume. Personally though, I'm too lazy to put on perfume. I've tons of them but I hardly dab any! It's totally a waste on me but I still love having them in my collection ;-)
April 15, 2010
Thanks for sharing your perfume confessions! I was never much of a perfume person until I discovered Aquolina's Pink Sugar. I still love it, but feel ready to branch out.... Will I become a perfume collector like you? We shall see. Love this review, Sharrie! :)
April 19, 2010
Hey Debbie, I did check out Aquolina but found the scent much too young for me, LOL...
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 Perfume is a mixture of fragrant essential oils and aroma compounds, fixatives, and solvents used to give the human body, animals, objects, and living spaces a "pleasant" smell.

Perfume types reflect the concentration of aromatic compounds in a solvent, which in fine fragrance is typically ethanol or a mix of water and ethanol. Various sources differ considerably in the definitions of perfume types. The concentration by percent/volume of perfume oil is as follows:

  • Perfume extract (Extrait): 15-40% (IFRA: typical 20%) aromatic compounds
  • Eau de Parfum (EdP), Parfum de Toilette (PdT): 10-20% (typical ~15%) aromatic compounds. Sometimes listed as "eau de perfume" or "millésime".
  • Eau de Toilette (EdT): 5-15% (typical ~10%) aromatic compounds
  • Eau de Cologne (EdC): Chypre citrus type perfumes with 3-8% (typical ~5%) aromatic compounds
  • Splash and After shave: 1-3% aromatic compounds

Perfume oils are often diluted with a solvent, though this is not always the case, and its necessity is disputed. By far the most common solvent for perfume oil dilution is ethanol or a mixture of ethanol and water. Perfume oil can also be diluted by means of neutral-smelling oils such as fractionated coconut oil, or liquidwaxes such as jojoba oil.

The intensity and longevity of a perfume is based on the concentration, intensity and longevity of the aromatic compounds (natural essential oils / perfume oils) used: As...

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